The National Labor Relations Commission (NLRC), a quasi-judicial agency attached to the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), is mandated to adjudicate labor and management disputes involving both local and overseas workers through compulsory arbitration and alternative modes of dispute resolution.
          With a strategic mission firmly in place, the NLRC embarked on a far-reaching labor and employment agenda in previous years, furthering its efforts to be the pre-eminent government agency which has taken the lead in promoting and maintaining industrial peace based on social justice through economically-viable dispute settlement machinery.
          In coordination with the DOLE, the NLRC is presently implementing the 22-Point Labor and Employment Agenda of President Benigno Simeon C. Aquino, III that includes streamlined procedures, removal of red tape, restoration of integrity and fairness, and a much strengthened arbitration and adjudication system.
          While the NLRC’s two core goals – disposition of labor and management disputes based on social justice and promotion and maintenance of industrial peace – are earnestly being pursued, it continues to adopt innovative policies and practices as well as landmark reform measures to ensure achievement of these goals. Specifically, the NLRC has instituted the following measures, among others: reduction of case resolution to six (6) months in line with Project SpeEd of the DOLE; promulgation of the 2011 NLRC Rules of Procedures, and the 2012 NLRC Sheriffs' Manual on Execution of Judgment; strengthening of mandatory conciliation and mediation process; observance of a Code of Conduct; proper monitoring of allocation and utilization of agency funds in accordance with the principles of zero-based budgeting; and observance of an acceptable level of performance for Commissioners and Labor Arbiters and imposition of sanctions for non-compliance.
         The NLRC has also begun putting in place the Single Entry Approach Desks (SEADs) in compliance with Department Order No. 107-10, Series of 2010 of the DOLE, which mandates a 30-day mandatory conciliation-mediation for all labor and employment cases under the single entry approach (SENA), the reform initiative that seeks to provide a speedy, impartial, inexpensive, and accessible settlement procedure for all cases affecting workers and employers.
         Since the creation of the NLRC, it has been persistent in pursuing the reforms in labor and employment that will improve the services and address the twin problems of delay in the disposition of cases and perception of graft and corruption. The annual reports of the NLRC will disclose a myriad of accomplishments in the disposition of labor cases. Of significance is the trend of cases received versus cases disposed of within the period of ten (10) years, both in the Commission Proper and in the Regional Arbitration Branches (RABs):
Cases Received and Disposed by the Commission Proper:
Commission Proper Chart
Cases Received and Disposed by the Regional Arbitration Branches (RABs):
RABs Chart
           No less significant, too, is that the NLRC has revised its Rules of Procedure on the Efficiency and Integrity Board (EIB), an impartial oversight monitoring body that pursues measures to eradicate graft and corruption. 
           The extensive campaign instituted by the NLRC in the past years, which has drawn support from both the public and private sectors, made its accomplishments possible. 
           Together with my fellow Commissioners, the Labor Arbiters and the entire NLRC staff, I look forward to working with concerned stakeholders in continuing to promote dynamic industrial peace with transparency, fairness and accountability in these challenging times.

                                                                                                                                                   Gerardo C. Nograles